To get through the Lost Woods in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom isn't easy, as a thick fog teleports you back to the start every time you go through the gate or get close, stopping you from reaching the Great Deku Tree, Hestu and the Korok Grove at the heart of Lost Woods.
However, there is a way to make it through, and it's not what you think: rather than going through the thick forest and the strange fog of the Lost Woods, the key is to take another route altogether: through the Depths. We'll explain the process simply below in our guide on how to get through the Lost Woods in The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom.
How to get through the Lost Woods in The Legend of Zelda Tears of the Kingdom
To reach the Lost Woods in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom, the trick is to go under the woods via the Depths and Ascend at the right point. The process goes like this:
- Head to the Minshi Woods Chasm, back along the road leading to the entrance of the Lost Woods.
- Jump down the Chasm to the Depths. As always, you'll probably want a lot of Brightbloom Seeds when you're down here.
- Head Northeast on the path shown above. You'll be able to see a Lightroot in the distance - that's your target.
- Activate the Lightroot. There's a few in the region, but the one you're looking for is Rikonasum Lightroot, under the very middle of Lost Woods.
- Go to the Stone Platform next to Rikonasum Lightroot. There's a huge column of stone above the platform going right up to the ceiling.
- Use Ascend beneath the column shown below! If you're in the right spot, you'll Ascend through it and up into the Korok Grove at the very middle of the Lost Woods!
The Deku Tree will be there, and depending on how much you've given him Korok Seeds, this might be the place at which Hestu starts showing up in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom.
The important thing to do first is to trigger the Musanokir Shrine right next to the Deku Tree, where you pop up the first time. Having this activated will ensure that you can use the Zelda Tears of the Kingdom fast travel feature to come back here at any time, skipping the whole sequence beneath the Depths itself. The Korok Grove is actually the location of a whole range of optional side quests you can do, so speak to the Koroks and the Deku Tree and see what they need! The great Tree himself has a particularly deadly quest for you, for which we highly recommend getting the Master Sword in Zelda Tears of the Kingdom first.
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